Following Two Years of Exponential Growth, Mark O'Connor's Third Instructions Book of "The O'Connor Method" out Feb 14

Mark O'Connor will unveil the third book in The O'Connor Method, his original and rapidly growing new approach to string instrument instruction, in February. Method Book III will teach students the traditional songs and O'Connor compositions found on the accompanying CD, 'American Classics,' a collection of new recordings arranged for violin and piano and performed by O'Connor and pianist Rieko Aizawa. 'American Classics' will also be released February 14 as a stand-alone album on O'Connor's own label OMAC Records. This is O'Connor's first collection comprised solely of traditional American tunes and songs he has released since 'Soppin’ the Gravy,' from his teenage years.

The O'Connor Method, which The New Yorker calls, "an American grown rival to the Suzuki method," includes great folk songs, fiddle tunes and classic themes culled from 400 years of traditional American violin playing. It pulls from all regions of North America and from diverse musical styles including classical, folk, Latin, jazz, rock and ragtime.

Since launching in 2009, the growth of The O'Connor Method has been astonishing. Some of the most prestigious music schools around the country have adopted it including the Third Street Music School in New York City, and the Berklee College of Music, which will host an O'Connor Method Camp in summer 2012. Over the past two years, 300+ violin teachers have been certified to teach the O'Connor Method, and teacher training continues to take place at a growing rate across the country.

Following O'Connor's hit holiday album, 'An Appalachian Christmas,' on which great musicians from varying genres came together around the centerpiece of the American violin, this new installment of The O'Connor Method reinforces the concept of American music as inclusive of diverse styles.


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